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Bitter Dregs

© Tom Toles

I’ve been looking for a comic about the simmering violence underlying the GOP response to health care reform, but until now none of them had just the right amount of irony. This one is perfect. The Republican party is now controlled by their extremists, and it will only get worse. The main question I have is whether this is actually a reflection of voter anger.



  1. pfemm wrote:

    I sincerely hope not.

    I think the only reason it may feel like that is because they scream and stomp their feet the loudest.

    Those that I know who are in favor of the Health care reform (as a starting point) are sitting back and silently commentating on the ridiculousness of the situation. It really does amaze me that people are willing to threaten violence and death to Congress over a health care reform. I don’t think I will ever understand why people feel the need to be so extreme. I try to maintain the if-I-wouldn’t-want-someone-throwing-a-brick-through-my-window-I’m-not-going-to-throw-one-through-yours philosophy.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 8:33 am | Permalink
  2. Beauzeaux wrote:

    It’s racism. From its beginning through its end.

    The complete mishmash that is their “politics” results from the fact that they are brought together by only one issue: that scary Black man in the White House.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink
  3. Mad Hatter wrote:

    I now agree with Beauzeaux (great name). Ever since Obama has been elected I’ve been puzzled over the extreme anger. It seems like most of these Tea Bagged people are the very people that an Obama presidency would help….so why the virulent anger? I finally narrowed it down to the fact that we have a BLACK man in the White House.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Permalink
  4. Sammy wrote:

    Conservatives love to talk about the “radical” left controlling the White House and Congress. Um, so where are these so-called far left wingers with all this so-called power? I don’t see PETA or the tree-spike-driving tree huggers with huge liberal representation.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Permalink
  5. starluna wrote:

    In all fairness, we have crazies on the left too. There have been arsons, explosions, vandalism, and other forms of property destruction done by extremist environmentalists and animal rights believers. They deserve our condemnation as much as the brick throwing tea partiers do.

    Here’s what I know: the numbers of left leaning extremists are small relative to the wider progressive community. What I don’t know is how representative the tea party extremist crowd relative to the larger conservative community.

    Which makes me wonder how do we know whether the media is defining conservatives by these tea party fanatics similar to how they defined progressives/liberals by eco-terrorists and PETA extremists.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink